Planning for College the Right Way
Gone are the days when college students could put themselves through school by waiting tables. Today, college tuition costs the equivalent of buying a house or a Lamborghini. As a result, it takes most college graduates more than a decade to pay their loans off. We send our kids off to college so they can become successful adults. But then we hinder their success by sticking them with so much debt that they can’t afford to “start their adult lives” (buying homes and having families) until they’re well into their 30’s.
In fact, according to a 2016 survey by the job site Indeed, 36 percent of seniors plan to move back home for a year or more after graduation.
But college has changed more than just financially over the last few decades. Many schools now offer more than 200 majors for students to choose from…but not all of these programs are created financially equal. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, there are an average of 480 students for every guidance counselor. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the average high school student sees a college counselor for a total of 9.5 minutes a year. Six in 10 receive no college counseling.
How are high school students supposed to navigate this process on their own?
College Liftoff is here for you. By empowering families to treat college as a true investment–and working with our advisors on an all-encompassing college search involving career planning, admissions support and funding strategies–we can save you time, stress and money when it comes to your student’s college education and future career.
Hiring the Right College Planner
According to the Columbus Dispatch, high school guidance counselors have an average of 476 students to work with at one time. That means they can only spend about 9.5 minutes with each student over the span of four years.
That’s why hiring a college planner now makes sense.
You have many choices when it comes to selecting a college planner from national franchises to “mom & pop” operations that specialize in one aspect of college planning such as career development or savings vehicles. College Liftoff is your Columbus-based one-stop shop. We work with your student on a one-to-one basis and guide them through the entire college planning process from start to finish.
On average, College Liftoff families save between $28,000-$64,000 in college tuition over a four year span! And as your one-stop-shop for college planning, we can help your student define a career path, meet critical deadlines and be prepared for college.
Beware of college planners that:
- Promise a certain amount of scholarship money
- Claim to know the “secret formula” for admission into certain colleges
- Earn commission on selling policies or plans that are not IRS “qualified tuition plans”
- Offer to double or triple your financial aid eligibility
Picking the Right College Major
How do you pick the right college major when there are so many to choose from? We can help. We work with students to vet their strengths, interests and passions and introduce them to potential career paths.
With our expert knowledge of colleges across the country–along with a firm understanding of the working world your student will enter upon graduation–we can match your student’s unique passions with available majors and minors to create the best combination of areas of study. We will launch your student on the greatest path for future career success.
Choosing the Right College
So many factors go into choosing the right college for your son or daughter. There’s the financial and career planning aspects, and both are equally important. How much college can you afford? How much should you spend? What colleges have the best programs for your student’s chosen career path? These are all questions we at College Liftoff will answer with your family–launching your student on the right career path from the start.